Armed police officers on Thursday morning took over the state secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia State, POLITICS NIGERIA reports.
The security agents prevented staff and visitors from accessing the premises, located at Finbars Road Umuahia.
This newspaper learned that party officials, as well as workers, had been told to stay at home and rest.
There have been protests and counter-protests at the PDP secretariat since Tuesday after disputes among party members over the three-man delegates’ congress.
Some protesters had accused the Asiforo Okere-led State leadership of the party of compromise and plots to maneuver the process in favour of an anointed governorship aspirant.
But there was a counter-protest on Wednesday as a large crowd besieged the office in solidarity with Okere-led leadership.
This squabble led to the presence of police personnel at the PDP office in Abia this morning, with one of them saying they are acting based on “order from above”.